Have you ever wondered why an author decides to write? Or what they like to write about? We asked Bernadette Marie those questions and a few others. Read her answers below.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Creating! I love the whole process of building characters in my mind and portraying them, hopefully correctly, on the pages as their stories are told.
What genre(s) do you write?
I love to write Contemporary Romance. However, I do have some paranormal in my future.
What genres and authors would we find you?
You’ll find me in contemporary romance and I’ve been blessed to ride the charts with such great authors as Nora Roberts and Bella Andre
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not falling asleep at the keyboard. I’m blessed with constant flow in my mind…but my eyes won’t always stay open for me.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Total pantser! Nothing is planned when I sit down.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
I think my voice is very natural. I don’t try too hard. My characters talk normal and their situations aren’t out of the ordinary.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
I hope they have a sense of I NEED MORE! But aside from that I promise happily ever after and I deliver on that. I want to walk away from a book and feel good for days.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I suppose it would be, if you look around you you’ll notice exactly what you need.
How long have you been a writer?
I have been a writer since I was 13, but have been published since 2010
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
My very first book is not published…it’s hidden. However, the book that was first pubbed was penned with 12 others in 2007. I was on fire. So it didn’t take long to write. I received my first contract in December 2009 and the book was launched in April 2010.
What other careers have you had?
I never give up a good career. SO I’m still doing data entry, I still run a salon—only now it is in my basement. I teach anyone anything they want to know from writing to karate.
Do you write under more than one name? Why?
I only write under Bernadette Marie, which is my given name.
Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
After a while I found that my characters took on traits of other people. As for events, they are modern day, so that keeps the events current.
How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?
I promise a happy ending. You won’t walk away from my books with a heavy heart.
What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
As of October 2012 I will be a 2nd degree black belt momma! I have 5 sons (2 of them are 2nd degree black belts, 2 are conditional black belts and one is a high red.) We kick butt in this house!
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
That I put my heart into every story I write. Sure I have been accused of being predictable, but with happily ever after that part is predictable…but the journey is the fun part.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
By far Nora Roberts has influenced me the most. Next would be Karen White, she was the one that took me out of the box of 3rd person always. And Megan Hart…well, I didn’t know an erotic story could change your life! She’s amazing and none of these ladies are a waste of time or money to read. BUT early on it was Sidney Sheldon that got me reading and made me want to write. When I knew it was romance that I enjoyed the most then it was Danielle Steel
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
There isn’t one family member or friend who isn’t 100% supportive of my adventure into writing! They are all amazing supports!
Where are you from?
Born and raised in colorful Colorado!
How do you come up with the titles?
This is a blessing to me…they are just there in my head!
Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?
I’ve certainly had to learn to take personal compliments! As a writer you can change people’s lives with your words. It’s powerful. Other than that I’m still doing what I love and in the middle of that I’m driving my kids around, trying to clean the house, and kicking butt in karate. That’s the best part about being an author. The book is out there now doing the work.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
Multi-task to a fault!
When not writing, how do you relax?
I’m always writing…so I must be sleeping if I’m relaxing!
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.
- I’m messy!
- I’d much rather be cold than hot. You can keep layering, but you can only get so naked.
- I’m a professional stylist and I cut my own hair.
- I can write backward as fast as I can write forward.
- I multiply by 9s on my fingers.
Thank you Bernadette Marie for being my guest this week! Looking forward to reading First Kiss!